Do you provide the user Drill-Downs and Drill-Arounds?
1/12/2014 1:05 PM by
Users should be able to navigate around your application without having to return to the main menu to open a related form.
Think about a summary report - users should always be able to "drill-down" to track a transaction to its original source.
Think about a data entry form - users should always be able to "drill-down" to the look up table
There are four ways to provide drill-downs:
- Preferred - Use buttons to navigate around the application
- Figure: Use named buttons to navigate around the application (Preferred)
- Double click the control
- Use buttons with three dots - an ellipsis (...) character
- Figure: Good Example - Use ellipses to navigate around the application
- Use hyperlinks
- Figure: Drill-downs implemented as links (an interesting alternative but a bit too much of a visual impact)
Another handy thing to add for users is "drill-around". This is implemented by using a right mouse-click to activate context-sensitive links between related screens.
Do you feel this rule needs an update?